It might be too early to start now, but the holidays will be here before you know it. What better time to start getting your living room spruced up than now, right? Some things can come later in the season but if you’re looking forward to entertaining in just a few weeks, you may want to have a look at the tips below to get you started.
Start with a Clean Slate
Imagine your entire living room without anything in it. This will help you determine which things you may want to let go of or see areas that you may want to improve. Simply removing one large item or reconfiguring how your furniture are placed can significantly brighten up a room.
Give Your Room a Focal Point
It is easier to decorate and arrange furniture after you’ve determined your focal point. There is no need for it to always be the mantle (although that is the natural option) because you can always draw attention to a stately sofa, a huge window, or perhaps an exquisite piece of art. The key is in removing clutter so that your focal point can shine through.
Find Inspiration Elsewhere
If you don’t know where to start or is simply not sure how you would want your living room to look like, there’s no harm in looking at magazines and even home improvement videos. This way, you will at least have a general idea on what specific decorating style appeals to you.
Mind Your Measurements
There are general rules when it comes to furniture placement and measurements. You will also have to consider scale and comfort plus how you think the room will be used in the future. If you have a particularly large area, you will also want to create separate sitting areas that are still close enough to facilitate conversation (and mingling) when you have guests over.
Consider the Flow
You wouldn’t want your living room to appear awkward, right? If you’re not sure about your furniture placement, you may want to sketch things first before you do the heavy lifting. A few quick photos can also help you in deciding where to place which item. Lastly, give your living room a walk over. If something feels like it shouldn’t be there, then remove it or place it in another area of the room.
Have Extra Seating
You don’t need to have everything in your living room right then and there; but a few extra seats that match whatever else you have in your living room will surely come in handy when you’re entertaining during the holidays. Stools and ottomans are great options, as well as plush benches that can be moved to a hallway or mud room when not in use.
Streamline Your Colour Palette
Using too many colours can make your living room appear messy instead of looking like a pretty eclectic mix. Try to pick just a few key colours and decorate according to that. Your living room will look cleaner and brighter instantly!
Pay Attention to Details
Knick knacks, table toppers, and artwork all play a huge role in how your living room will look. If you’re unsure, it is oftentimes better to take out extra décor. Taking photos can help you determine which things to take out or replace.
Don’t Underestimate Lighting
Even the most beautiful room can look like a gloomy mess when not properly lighted. Mix and match overhead lighting with lamps, candles, and even some twinkle lights. Your guests will appreciate a well-lighted space especially for taking photos.
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